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Old 02-05-2008, 08:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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53' Feadship

I am looking at a 1952 53' (waterline) 55' Feadship built as a sportfisher, she is in disrepair and in need of restoration but appears to ahve a sound hull, cabin and engines. It is clear that she needs a complete rewire, updated fire systems and some pretty serious repair to the teak decks as well as some metal repair above the water line.

What bothers me is that the lines are clearly Feadship, the build quality is there and the builders plate reflects that she is indeed a Feadship, there seems to be no reference I can find on the forums or the internet to her having been built by Feadship in 1952.

I am flying out this weekend to see her in person but any information would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-05-2008, 10:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Build Name Linda Anne / Lady Anne, 13.35M, 1952

www.feadship.nl

click on yachts, fleet, 1941 - 1960 and scroll to your right

Feadship uses both Lady Anne AND Linda Anne as build names....there is one photo of her on the site.
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Old 02-06-2008, 11:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I had already looked there but she was not listed.

I found an original magazine ad where she is listed as the "Brigand" showing that she was built for a gentleman in Conneticut named Seamon in 1952 and another ad showing a drawing of her.
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Old 02-06-2008, 11:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The one with the drawing is also from 1952 and is part of a letter anouncing Feadships new rep in the statres as the Ziegler Boat Co. of Phiuladelphia.
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Old 05-18-2008, 12:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Here is another image of her.
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Old 05-18-2008, 07:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Here is another image of her.
Please be kind and restore her to how she appears in the photos. It's amazing what a few small details can do to compromise her beauty.
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Old 05-18-2008, 10:01 AM   #7 (permalink)
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She is not as bad as I had originally thought.
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Old 05-18-2008, 10:04 AM   #8 (permalink)
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And another current image.
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Old 07-11-2008, 04:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Message from Holland

Hello!
It is fascinating to read this story and to learn about what must be one of the oldest classics from our Feadship Fleet.
The yacht does not look familiar, but our old files are not complete. I am specially envious seeing the letter and the old review, and I have never seen our logo in the style as displayed on the bridge console! Great stuff.
I will forward this thread to my uncle Huib, the De Vries family archivist to see if he can find out more for you.
Meanwhile, drop me a line through the Feadship website, and I will see what we can do.
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Old 07-11-2008, 04:57 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I will do so Sir, since posting I have learned a great deal about the vessel and have posted more images at www.frybrid.com/feadship.htm

The structure of the vessel is identical to original except for the back portion of the bridge which was modified to allow it to be closed with canvas. The original Crysler Imerials were replaced with twin Detroit Diesel 671's, the compass and light are original but much of the bridge has been updated over the years (Loran, GPS, VHF, Chartplotter, etc.) The interior is as it was built witht he exception of the addition of a television which I intend to "Float test".

I have a set of original drawings which I will post on the page with the other photos. If you can find out any informationat all I would be very appreciative.
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Old 07-11-2008, 05:52 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks for the link. Sorry to hear about your discovery under the deck after the purchase, but I'm really glad that you're doing it right.
My dad used to have a Nicolaas Witsen and Vis. I think she was about 65' and I believe was built in the early 60s.
Please keep us updated.
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I can weld anything but a broken heart of the crack of dawn, part of why I bought a steel boat, that and the fact that it is a Feadship. The side decks have been removed (1 1/4" thick teak) and the metal cleaned, the starboard side is fine but the Port side is gone and the rust extends up the side in front of the entry door. I have the steel, a portable mig unit, plasma and all the fixings but am having difficulty getting a hot work permit. In Seattle the FD requires a permit for any hot work, to get one you need to be hauled, have the fire inspector sign off on it, then had a "Ship Yard Competent Person" inspect the site and sign off each day. The FD permit is about a bill and the ship yard competent person charges $65 a day to tell me that it is a ship and I am a welder, the worst part is that the Fire inspector, ship person and yard can not all be at the same place at the same time. The have told me to just haul out and pay $100 a day while I wait for the permit.....

Once I replace the side deck material and seal the metal in epoxy, I will reset the teak in 3M 5200 and caulk it. The plan for the fore deck is the same, pull the teak, cut out the cancer and replace it, seal in epoxy and replace the teak in 5200.

The only issue I have preventing me from using the vessel now is that both of the supply seacocks for the heads are froozen closed, I spent 4 hours on the rear one when the handle broke off in my hand and I decided to stop before becoming one of those stories you hear over dinner where everyone laughs and says that they can not believe anyone could sink a boat at the dock. When she is haules I will remove them and either replace them with pronze through-hulls or if the nipple is good, just replace the valve.

She is a beautiful vessel and even now some 55 years later, she turns heads and most people wo venture a guess, guess Feadship.
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Link added to a new page on the restoration of the rear teak grates at www.frybrid.com/feadshipvarnish.htm

Text of the ad I found:

The 55-foot sport fisherman Brigand was built in the best tradition of fine Dutch workmanship by the First Association of Dutch Shipbuilders for August J. Seamon, of the Englewood and Hackensack Yacht Clubs. Sole agent of the associatiopn is Feadship, Inc., of Greenwich, Conn. Brigand has a steel hull, with decks and superstructure of teak. Beam is 13 feet 2 inches, Draft 4 feet. Twin Chrisler Royal Specials give her a cruising speed of 15 m.p.h. Equipment includes 100-watt radiotelephone, Raytheon Fathometer, direction finder, Photo Electric Pilot, Clear View Screen windshield wiper, Universal Generator, Carlisle & Finch Searchlight, Buell air horn, Constavolt battery charger, Columbian propellers, Danforth anchors,Shipmate stove,a dn Rockaway fighting chairs.

The owner, an ardent fisherman, will use Brigand off the Jersey Coast and Montauk in the summer, at Cat Cay and Bimini in the winter. Home port will be at Bay Head, N.J.

Brigand is one of the first deliveries of the larger, custom-built yachts of the American yachtsman by Feadship. Her accomadations include two double staterooms and crew quarters for two.
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Old 07-12-2008, 06:36 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Cpes

Thanks again for the link and the update.
I would be interested to see two pieces side by each; one finished with CPES and one finished with varnish. I've used epoxy many times to stop the spread of dry rot, but I'm fascinated by the idea of sealing the wood with it prior to applying a finish.
I will offer this advice though- anything that is impregnated deeper in the wood than the CPES will sit and fester in a hermetically sealed cocoon for years to come...
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The CPES has no UV protectant so it must be covered with varnish or paint after application. What they tell me is that the CPES bonds with the wood on a cellular level and the varnish bonds with the CPES on a molecular level causing the varnish to last three years or better!

Sicne this stuff soaks into the wood, as long as the wood is dry anything deep in the wood would have no moisture and beat of all, no 02 and without o2 it is a little difficult to continue any biological reaction.

See this page for a comparison of CPES and other methods.

And this one for a description of it being used to repair a horn timber.

The stuff was developed by Steve Smith of Smith Co. I read an interesting discussion about this substance here in wich Steve Smith participated.

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